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India's oldest game jam returns this year with the India Game Developer Conference 2021!

The 16th edition of BYOG (2010-2021) will be a 48-hours jam, starting on the 22nd of October and concluding on the 24th of October. 

What is a BYOG?

BYOG (Build Your Own Game) is an annual game jam, where game developers all over the country come together to make a game within a limited amount of time over a combination of themes. Started in 2010, BYOGs are one of the oldest game jams organised every year in the Asian continent and have a rich history of identifying and encouraging game development talent from the country. Past winners have gone on to win multiple international awards, launch successful game development companies, and make amazing games and careers.

When & Where

Here, online on Itch.io!

  • 22nd Oct - BYOG Starts
  • 24th Oct - BYOG Ends
  • 24th Oct - 17th Nov - Jury Evaluation
  • 18th Nov - Winners announced for BYOG 2021 at IGDC 2021


Why Participate?

There are a number of reasons why you should participate in the BYOG:

  • Create a working prototype (proof of concept) of your game in a focused sprint, in limited time
  • Get judged by an awesome jury and get real constructive feedback
  • Showcase & push your game development skills and level up
  • Team up with other awesome developers

Format this year?

We are returning to our roots with the tried and tested 48hour competition format! The compo will start at 6PM on the 22nd of October 2021 and end on the 24th of October 2021 at 6PM! You will have 48 hours to create an amazing game!

Prizes

First Prize - ₹4 Lakhs
Second Prize - ₹2 Lakhs
Third Prize - ₹1 Lakhs

2 Honorable Mention - ₹25,000 each

The Theme

  • Reset
  • Two Views
  • Minimal Interaction

Like last year, this year we have 3 themes! You can interpret them in anyway you want. You need to use at least one of them, but you can combine any of them together and use it also.

Jury

BYOG 2021 Jury

Anushree Jain (Project Manager + Game Designer at Miniclip)
Paras Chaudhary (Game Programmer at Nodding Heads)
Safal Kapoor (Head of Game Design at Miniclip)
Sampath Velumani (Lead Game Designer at Ubisoft RedLynx)
Saumya Iyer (Producer at Zynga)

Judging Criteria

This year, (once) we've managed to get some of the industry experts to be the Jury and they are going to play all the games and judge them on the following criteria:

  • Overall Experience - How was the overall experience of the game?
  • Relevance to Theme - How relevant was the theme of the game?
  • Gameplay - How engaging/fun was the gameplay? Was it interesting, meaningful etc? 
  • Innovation - Did the game do something new that you may have not seen before?
  • Aesthetics - How aesthetically pleasing was the experience - narrative, visual, audio etc?

Team Up!

Come over to the Discord to find jammers who would want to team up!

Our sponsors and supporters

This jam would not be possible without the support of the IndiaGDC conference. If you haven't registered for India's oldest and biggest game developer focused conference, then please do so!

[Other Sponsors TBA]

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FAQ

# Do we have to register as a team or as an individual for BYOG?
You need to have a valid Itch.io ID and should have signed up for the jam before the submission is due. Only one individual in the team needs to have joined the jam. It will be useful to have other members on itch.io as you can add them to your submitted game as contributors. 

# Do I need to be on the discord?
All communication during the jam will be via the discord channel #byog on discord.gamedev.in. So yes, you need to be there.

# What is the maximum number of members that I can have in my team?
You can participate solo or in a team, maximum of 5 members in it.

# Can I submit multiple entries to the jam?
Yes, you can submit as many entries to the jam as you want.

# What platforms are allowed for the submission? 
We prefer Web, Android, IOS, Windows, Mac and Linux as these will be easily available with Jury. But if you want to build for any other platform, do drop us a message on discord and we will see if we can get that platform to jury. 

# Can I use assets from asset stores or code or other assets I've created before?
Yes, you can use open source art or previously created assets (art, music and code etc) for this jam or assets from the many asset stores out there. You can use anything that you legally have the right to use to make a game for this jam.

# How will you let us know if we have won?
You are required to share your discord username along with your submission, we will reach out to you via #byog on discord.gamedev.in on discord.

# What is the last date for joining the BYOG?
We recommend joining the jam before it starts! But you can join the jam anytime before it ends on October 24st 2021 at 6:00 PM

# Will we have public voting this year?
There will be no public voting this year! The jury will play and evaluate the game in order to find out the winners.

# Can I see games made in previous BYOG? 
BYOG 2018 submissions and results can be viewed here - https://itch.io/jam/byog-2018
BYOG 2019 submissions and results can be viewed here - https://itch.io/jam/byog-2019
BYOG 2020 submissions and results can be viewed here - https://itch.io/jam/byog-2020

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Legal Bit

  • Anything you make during the BYOG is your property. BYOG claims no rights or ownership of your game.
  • Any game submitted to the BYOG may be used for promotional purpose by IndiaGDC, BYOG and gamedev.in without your express permission
  • A significant amount of game must be made during the jam, but you can use whatever art and audio assets and code you have the legal right to use
  • Anyone can participate in this jam, but you need to be from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka to be eligible to win prizes.
  • No explicitly pornographic, tasteless, Discriminatory,  disrespectful content or hate speech

Credits

This jam is organized by Chirag Chopra, Vivek Jha, Yadu Rajiv and the team at gamedev.in as part of India GDC 2021.